Monday, July 27, 2009

The Love of Chocolate

Doesn't just the sound of the word "CHOCOLATE" make your mouth water with delight. There are very few of us in the ole world that doesn't like it. Oh I know a few in my family, but for the most of us, Yes, The word Chocolate just does wonders in our soul. Thought I would gather some information that would be fun and helpful for all us chocolate lovers!! So gather you some chocolate and sit back, eat and read for a few minutes!

People who are interested in reaping the health benefits of dark chocolate should consider purchasing miniature Dove chocolate bars -- an M&M Mars product that is carefully processed to preserve the flavanol in the chocolate. “M&M Mars has a lot of research out there that’s peer reviewed, medically published research,” “That’s the one that I would buy, just because I haven’t seen any research from Hershey’s saying how much [flavanol] they’re trying to maintain from the processing.”
It is recommended consuming one miniature piece of dark chocolate a day for maximum health benefits. “If you eat a dark Hershey kiss, that would be 25 calories [of dark chocolate)" Did you read that? One Piece!!

By The Way Great Info

What are flavonoids?
Flavonoids are naturally-occurring compounds found in plant-based foods recognized as exuding certain health benefits.
Flavonoids are found in a wide array of foods and beverages, such as cranberries, apples, peanuts, chocolate, onions, tea and red wine.

“That one little piece is not going to be a significant contribution of calories to your diet, so you’re not going to gain weight from that or anything.

The only potential danger is some people just can’t stop at one. I find this funny, most chocolate lovers are this type of personality, if it is close to you, it is saying, I am just waiting to be eaten :) If you’re that type of personality, then you really need to be careful.

Forms of Chocolate
Before you grab a chocolate candy bar or slice of chocolate cake, let’s look at what forms of chocolate would be ideal over others:
When cocoa is processed into your favorite chocolate products, it goes through several steps to reduce its naturally pungent taste. Flavonoids (polyphenols) provide this pungent taste. The more chocolate is processed (such as fermentation, alkalizing, roasting), the more flavonoids are lost. Most commercial chocolates fit this category.
Dark chocolate appears to retain the highest level of flavonoids. So your best bet is to choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate.
Some chocolate manufacturers are studying ways to retain the highest level of flavonoids while still providing acceptable taste.

So as you read so far the Dark Pure Chocolate is where your health Benefits are!! Yes the taste I think is the milk chocolate which will melt in your mouth, BUT NO health Benefits!! :(

Sad to say! So next time you are enjoying that Creamy Delight think wow all Fat NO Health, and for me that is a hard thing to do LOL :)

So what are the Benefits of this Dark Chocolate WOW it is really pretty amazing stuff!

Dark chocolate (chocolate made without milk) lowers blood pressure Dark chocolate has antioxidants Stearic acid - one of the fats in chocolate - can boost HDL cholesterol (the good kind) ... Read More Chocolate has trace amounts of essential elements and vitamins such as potassium, magnesium, B1, B2, D and E Chocolate contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant, and theobromine and phenylethylamine, which act as stimulants There are only benefits to eating DARK chocolate. And dark chocolate will: -Decrease blood pressure -Improve circulation -Lower death rate from heart disease -Improve function of endothelial cells that line the blood vessels -Defend against destructive molecules called free radicals, which trigger cancer, heart disease and stroke -Improve Digestion and stimulate kidneys -Has been used to help treat patients with anemia, kidney stones and poor appetite!!! What a mouth full, this stuff is awesome! What are we waiting on!!

A Warning about Eating too Much!

Too much chocolate can also give you a soft of jolt because dark chocolate has caffeine in it. So they more you eat you may get that sugar chocolate rush a bit too much. But if taken in moderation, you will see the health benefits sooner rather than later. Too much of it will give you a belly ache and just the right amount may prevent you form having a heart attack.

So only eat one small Bar a chocolate bar containing only 30 calories.


Marlene said...

Great Info Lisa, thanks for the research! Now I have an excuse to eat chocolate!

Joann said...

I knew I liked chocolate for a reason! LOL

readingsully2 said...

Nice to know. :)

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